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A sumptuous central bar displays good range of beers including Oakham's Green Devil - a blow your head off 6% of a weekday afternoon in unseasonably hot weather. Interesting electronic music was another bonus. There is no craft beer - just cask and the usual motely lagers but this must be a contender for the crown of Glasgow's best boozer.
BoehmBawerk - 13 May 2018 18:22
Great pub.

Good range of well chosen real ales at very reasonable prices. Fast service even though it was busy when I first arrived. Breweries included Oakham, Stewarts, Fyne, Marble.

Certainly worth a visit.
vicpark - 19 Jun 2015 11:28
Nice old style pub with a good selection of ales.

It is just across from Henglers Circus which is a very good Wetherspoons. So it must be difficult to compete on price when Wetherspoons have real ales at £2.35. State has comedy and music though and many just prefer a proper pub anyway.
ArhurPint - 19 Jun 2014 09:58
Has an old feel to it, although it most certainly isn't. Recommended. Good beer.
Wilson_MacDonald - 23 May 2014 22:02
A good solid pub with a range of ales (most of which came from South of the Border but when they are Oakham and Dark Star you don't mind!) Dark interior which gives it a bit of an atmosphere - central bar with high stools and window shelves as well as some tables and chairs at the rear. Pretty good overall - I jumped between here and the Wetherspoons across the road (they had more Scottish ales available)
mcroyal - 20 May 2014 10:43
Mixed feelings regarding this place. Okay on one hand it was off the beaten track, and took some finding. The ales sampled were of good decent quality. I just didn't entirely enjoy it in here, for some unknown reason.

The most pleasing thing for me, was Jura (single malt) being on offer at £1.90 a dram - which I took advantage!

realalerules1983 - 13 May 2014 14:08
A classic old style pub with a decent selection of ales from smaller breweries.
Snarling_Mallard - 18 Apr 2013 20:22
After a stroll from West George St I arrived at the State Bar.

Inside there is a large circular bar serving 7 beers, majority of which were from Scottish Breweries

The FA Cup Semi Final was on television and the bar was busy. A real good crowd though that were massively friendly

There are old fashioned mirror windows depicting Dewars and other brands.

A lovely old bar with a great atmosphere
lezford - 17 Apr 2013 12:59
Comfortable, felt nice. No issues. I did not like the beer I choose (plenty available (atleast 3)) , but it was good, not to my taste, OK. Will go back
johnbabercomb - 9 Jan 2013 00:12
Beautiful interior. Marginally surprised to encounter bouncers on a Saturday night visit but friendly once inside - a good selection of beer on offer,
meurglys_iv - 21 Oct 2012 21:14
My favourite pub in Glasgow just now, always a great selection of mostly Scottish beers served in excellent condition by knowledgeable staff. I have to disagree with previous comments regarding prices, the cost of a drink in the State bar is very reasonable and certainly much cheaper than the nearby Bon Accord.
KPS - 16 Sep 2011 21:11
Lovely old school boozer with a circular bar, mostly Scottish ales on offer from local microbreweries and competent staff behind the bar. Drank a stout which was dark, deep and very tasty. The best pub in Glasgow after the Horseshoe in my opinion, although a tad pricey!
nokegthanks - 22 Jul 2011 14:42
Can't understand why people bang on about Deuchars when there are mpre interesting and exotic beers to be had in The State, Bon Accord, etc. Hey ho.
jagsfan - 31 May 2011 15:56
Reminded me very much of a typical London pub, complete with the stand alone pillar things.

Good atmosphere and nice mix of people.

Deuchars was fine but not great.

Along with the Bon Accord, has to be one of the best pubs Glasgow has to offer.
Well worth seeking out.
Pat_Bateman - 25 May 2011 10:26
There were seven beers by Stewart's of Edinburgh on yesterday- I thought the pub had been taken over by Stewart's, but apparently not. I had two- the SRA (4%) which was fine, and then a 6.2% stout- Cauld Reekie. It was chuffing gorgeous. I like this place a bunch.
jagsfan - 6 Feb 2011 17:18
I spent a pleasant Friday night here. A good selection of well kept ales and a very lively crowd - probably something to do with the students being back in town.

Despite the crowds the bar staff were attentive and served promptly.

This place has some fierce competition in Glasgow from the likes of the 3 Judges, Blackfriars and the Bon Accord. The solution though is simple - you just have to go around them all!
alexw123 - 7 Oct 2010 14:05
A good choice of Scottish ales - difficult to choose as there were several interesting ones on offer. My eventual choice was very satisfying. This is a proper pub which to the visitor seems like a Glasgow pub should be. Friendly and competent staff, and all round a good experience.
Stamfordian - 23 Jul 2010 11:02
very nice wood interior. 7 well kept real ales, good malt selection, Burns quotes around the walls, very good pub.
Pour1Malt - 7 Jun 2010 10:26
I pop in here for a quiet pint some afternoons and have yet to be disappointed. The beer is unfailingly in very good condition, despite the fact that they always seem to have six or eight on offer. Quantity as well as quality.

It gets busy with the office crowd early evenings, but otherwise if you want a relaxed glass or two away from the circus that Sauchiehall street can sometimes be, this is a good choice.

There's even a taxi rank and a bus stop outside the front door. Perhaps city planners DO get things right sometimes?

apchilcott - 28 Jul 2009 19:52
Great pub. Everything is great except they have the lighting all wrong. Those lamps have got to go chaps.
thankgodileft - 14 May 2009 16:08
The noise from the fruit machines and Sky TV made conversation difficult, though the Jennings Cocker Hoop was very drinkable far better than the Elgood's Pageant, which was past its best. A mixed sort of place, but worth a try.
ETA - 10 Dec 2008 09:15
One of my favourite Glasgow pubs. Five real ales on offer [21/06/08] , good choice of IPA [my tipple]and a list of forthcoming beers. Well set out so that you can catch the football on the big screens, but discreet enough for a quiet pint. Perhaps a bit pricey given all the nearby competiton, but I have never had a bad pint in this place or ever seen any trouble
FARUPNORTH - 23 Jun 2008 13:10
now this is wat i call a lovely pub in the city..made the mistake in thinking the bar was downstairs wen i ventured in as there was a lot of people congregated round wat i thought was the entrance..wen i ventured down the bar man asked if id just arrived and the first drink was on the house..!!!but wen i saw the solitary handpump on with no clip i was about to walk out wen the bar man said "are you with the party?"wat party????...told him id just walked through the door for a pint..he directed me upstairs and im so glad he did...wat a cracking pub..the beer was excellent and couldnt fault it..staff were efficient and un obtrusive tv screens so you could chat..a must if your staying in glasgow just around from charing x station..defo worth a visit..the street level bar..!
graybagsinburyonceagain - 9 Apr 2008 13:34
An excellent city centre pub. The staff are on the ball, manage the centrally positioned bar well, and give a friendly welcome. Beer range is very good, with some local regulars and a moving feast of guests. Punters are fine and varied. One of my favourites in the city.
fromedrinker - 21 Feb 2008 12:02
A lovely pub with god real ales and a good selection from mainly Scottish breweries.
alexw123 - 3 Jan 2008 18:39
Fairly decent real ale pub, limited selection but surely better than average.
Sigmund - 28 Aug 2007 23:48
Good choice of real ales with some from local Scottish micro breweries. Definitely worth a look.
John_Edward - 27 May 2007 17:06
I understand that much of impressive woodwork here isnt exactly old but then, the most beautiful pub in the country was new at some time. Nice to see that someone had a feel for how a good pub should be. The current management is keen on real ale and at the time of visit, the local Stewarts beers were being promoted. Needless to say, they were in very good form. 8/10
Alerover - 26 Sep 2006 21:30
Had a great few sessions in there one week in Glasgow with a load of mates. Nice beer, saucy barmaid and a real feel that you're away from it all.

That was three years ago, mind.
BarryMaher - 21 Apr 2006 16:41
Good boozer, a real bolthole if you want to escape the fleshpots of Sauciehall St on a weekend.
ericmarco - 10 Jan 2006 17:21

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